Tea Box

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Project by dgreen50 posted 06-29-2014 09:13 PM 2137 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Mahogany tea box with walnut and banding accents. I had never worked with Mahogany so I wanted to try to make a box out of the wood I had obtained. I also obtained a small board of Spanish cedar and used this for the dividers. The top of the box was actually a mistake as I was going to have a raised panel for the center of the lid, but due to a miss cut ( I was having one of those days), I ended up using a Walnut inlay to off set the mistake in the top. The box is somewhat large and heavy for a tea box, but will redo another sometime in the future. Finish is lacquer and the bottom is lined with red felt. Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 06-29-2014 11:47 PM

I love the smell of mahogany. Great looking project.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-30-2014 02:33 AM

Nice save on the top, the dark strip is what drew in me into looking twice, a real beauty for sure.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 06-30-2014 11:13 AM

Great looking and crafted box. They say the mark of a good craftsman is when he can turn his mistakes into assets and you sure did that here on the top panel.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-30-2014 02:40 PM

Love the box and the nice details the top panel turned out well and adds to the box design .

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 06-30-2014 02:56 PM

Great tea box. I would suffice that you could put other things in it too but you made this especially for different types of tea. :)

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#6 posted 06-30-2014 05:23 PM

I enjoyed the, Honest, description. Went back and took another look, could not see where you had not planed that top to be that way all along.
Remind me of American football, when the back is slipped the ball he comes running up around end to the line, and is hit by a couple of those big guys, intending to stop all forward progress. He is forced to bounces back. regains his composure, re news his effort, keeping that goal line in his site, and precedes to push forward, and he scores. The fans jump to their feet a with a yell of surprise and admiration. The the next day the tv sports reporters express, “How did he do that, when all seem lost”,,,,,,,,,,,, he found a way !

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#7 posted 07-01-2014 04:39 AM

D, nice save on the box. It looks great and has a nice finish. The inlay really picks up a plane design and makes it something special…good call. With a box that looks this good I would have mitered the hinges. This is a possible way to do that. As you will see it does involve some tools: Router table, straight cutting bit, straight edge, vix bit, and trisquare. Judging from your work you already have most, if not all, of these tools.

D, it would be nice for us if you worked on your home page and added a some, general location, and some name. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 07-01-2014 01:40 PM

This is a great looking box and a nice design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 07-01-2014 04:54 PM

As a Brit, I have to admire something that’s for tea. A lovely piece; the mahogany figure and inlay work well. As they say, ‘there are no mistakes, only design changes.’ All the best to you.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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